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Cheung Chau is a beautiful, fascinating South China Sea island, in western Hong Kong.

It's easily reached from Hong Kong's main business district - fast ferries take just half an hour - yet seems a world away from the skyscrapers and the bustling streets and the traffic. Here on CheungChauHK, you'll find info on touring Cheung Chau, and life on the island. If you join - it's free! - you can comment on articles, post in forum discussions, even add photos to your very own album in the gallery.

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Wilder Side of Cheung Chau in Summer

Cheung Chau has some wonderful wild places – and interesting wildlife.

Look up during daytime, and you are sure to soon see Black Kites circling overhead, on the lookout for fish in the harbour or near the beach. Cheung Chau is one of Hong Kong’s best places for nesting Black Kites, with perhaps five or more pairs. Swallows are also common breeding birds here, with nests often under low ceilings just outside shops and houses.

Cecil Chao paradise taking shape on Cheung Chau

Along Cheung Chau Praya, towards Sai Wan, a housing development is taking shape. Not just any development - this is on land bought in 2007 for a whopping HK$96.5 million by Cheuk Nan (Holdings) Ltd, the chairman of which is Cecil Chao Sze-tsung - who has been described as "extraordinary Casanova, socialite and businessman". Mr Chao has said his company would turn the site into "paradise" - and change the surroundings.

cecil chao building site cheung chau

As yet, doesn't look too much like what many people might consider "paradise", but work is ongoing.

Tung Wan Tsai farm

A small farm on the northeast tip of Cheung Chau is a fine place to visit, and even seems a surprising place given that the surroundings are uninhabited, with only scrubby vegetation.

Even from close by, it's hidden away, yet proves a secluded, tranquil spot.

As well as wandering around the farm, you can stroll onto and clamber over the neighbouring rocky coastline.

Walking in southern Cheung Chau with toddler and pushchair

Now my son is two, he's rather heavy for lugging about in backpack carrier. Easier to take the pushcair, for carrying him when tired - or when dawdling too much. This, though, means trying to avoid flights of steps. Just took him for outing in southern Cheung Chau, following good route along trails that are mostly concrete, with maybe only a handful of steps in all. Maybe useful if you, too, have toddler with pushchair - or just dislike steps!
This route starts with walk to southwest Cheung Chau, then heads east, along the "spine" if the southern chunk of the island, to the southeast, and the main beach. Takes maybe two to three hours.

Exploring southeast Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Southeast Cheung Chau boasts paths that wind around headlands and curl up and over hillsides, passing through woodland, and near to naturally sculpted giant boulders, once grand but now ruined houses, a couple of temples, a tiny nunnery, and cliffs dropping to the sea. The main trail here is rather fancifully named the Mini Great Wall, but you can find other less known yet still fascinating paths to explore.

A Brief History of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival 長洲太平清醮簡史

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a kind of Jiao Festival - a festival that a village might hold every year or every few years. More specifically, it's a Tai Ping Qing Jiao [literal meaning: "the Purest Sacrifice celebrated for Great Peace"]. Such festivals were perhaps widespread across south China, but under Mao were regarded as feudal superstition, and were suppressed in mainland China.

Brief history of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, to the 19th century

There is little written history regarding Cheung Chau before the 18th century. But even early last century, some islanders said their families had settled on Cheung Chau hundreds of years ago, and we can guess something regarding the very early history based on some archaeological finds and the history of south China.